The season 3 premiere of Veep aired Sunday night, but it’s still not too late to mine a few more laughs from season 2. Tony Hale posted a few bloopers from shooting the end-credits scene in the episode “Running,” in which Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) does not appear to be following through on a pledge that she made to her body man, Gary (Hale), to attend his parents’ 40th anniversary party. As you can see in the clip below, it’s amazing that the pair ever finished the scene. Of course, these two have a history of cracking each other up.
“She’s really devious in liking to see other people break [character],” Hale told EW. “Every single shooting day she has a full game plan, she’s out for you, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get you to break. Her performance can make me laugh constantly, and nothing makes her laugh harder than to see me break. So then she breaks because I break, and it becomes this vicious cycle. She’s like, ‘How can I destroy your performance by doing something funny to make you break?’… If her character is annoyed by something, she does this Uh-uh. She makes this noise under her breath. Since I’m so close to her all the time as her body man, sometimes only I can hear this sound. Therefore Gary has to look into his bag or turn around, or I’ll ruin the shot…. Here’s the deal: She would rather shoot a blooper-reel series than the actual series.”
Responded Louis-Dreyfus: “And here’s the other deal — so would he! He and I would star in the blooper-reel series. It would be so much fun! The thing that he’s not mentioning is that he will crack up under any circumstances. It takes nothing to make that guy lose it in a scene — it’s a cinch — and it does give me great joy. The camaraderie on the set is why I do what I do, to be honest. It’s great fun to have a good job and to make people laugh, but if it’s possible to make the people you’re working with laugh, then you’ve won, and the fun factor goes high, maybe even off the charts. And if that happens, then you see it translate to screen even unknowingly…. By the way, watch the show and see how many times that man turns his back to camera — seriously! That’s a fun thing for all the fans: Watch Tony Hale break. It’s the new drinking game — you’re gonna get wasted in about 10 minutes.”
Note: You must be at least 21 years old to play the WTHB drinking game, and even then, it’s probably not a great idea.
Watch a 30-second preview of the blooper reel below, or visit Chideo and press “show video.”